In a bid to boost their fire power in the middle of ongoing operations against China, the defence forces have proposed to equip around 100 Heron drones with missiles to tackle out enemy positions. “A proposal to equip around 100 Heron drones would be taken up by the defence ministry for approval as they want to strengthen their strike and reconnaissance capabilities using the unmanned systems,” Defence sources told India Today TV.

The proposal would see the drones getting equipped with laser guided bombs, long-range air to ground missiles and anti tank guided missiles, the sources said.The proposal has been pending for many years now and is being revived by the services in view of the developing hostile environment around the country. Continue reading


In a move to create tension and disturb the peaceful atmosphere in India, Pakistani intelligence agency ISI is trying to provoke communal riots in India as VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) calls talking about instigating riot is being made to people in Lucknow. The calls are being made with Dubai and Australia numbers in which people can be heard talking inciting communal riots. Soon after receiving the information, a complaint has been filed in the matter. An FIR has been registered in this case at Hazratganj police station in Lucknow.

Not only in Lucknow but people in Delhi also have received such provoking calls from international numbers. Delhi Police’s Special Cell has also registered an FIR under several charges like sedition, conspiracy, spoiling the peaceful atmosphere of the country. Continue reading


Pakistan’s dream of uniting with Muslim countries against India over Kashmir issue fell flat with the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) refusing to interfere into the matter. Dawn reported that Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi “respectfully” told the OIC to convene a Council of Foreign Ministers over the Kashmir issue, or else Pakistan would “call a meeting of the Islamic countries that are ready to stand with us on Kashmir”.

He stated that as Pakistan pulled out of the Kuala Lumpur summit after Saudi Arabia’s “request”, it now expects Riyadh to “show leadership on this issue”. Pakistan has been pushing for the foreign ministers’ meeting of the OIC since India abrogated Article 370, which gave special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir. New Delhi has told the international community that its decision on revoking Kashmir’s status is an internal matter, a stance supported by several countries. Continue reading


Baba Kalyani, chairman and managing director of Bharat Forge, India’s leading forging company, welcomed Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s announcement of banning import 101 defence items in a bid to bolster PM Modi’s resolve of making India self-reliant or Atmanirbhar.

Kalyani called the decision a strategic step that will “propel the Atmanirbhar Bharat narrative and bolster Indian defence equipment manufacturing industry”. Kalyani further said that as a result of the move, the domestic sector will grow, leading to getting India closer to achieving 5 trillion economy. Continue reading


Forgotten in the noise of the India-China LAC standoff is the fact that around 300 terrorists are waiting to cross over the LOC, fuelling India’s woes further. The adversarial relationship between India and Pakistan has had terrorism at its centre stage for the last three decades and every now and then we hear of terrorists striking in J&K, resulting in loss of lives of civilians and security forces personnel. As per Ministry of Home Affairs data, fatalities between 1988 and 2019 have been 45,230, in about 47,234 terror incidents; 23,779 of these have been terrorists, 14,921 civilians and 6,530 security personnel.

While India has largely adopted a policy of containment by military led measures, it has not been as successful as was contemplated and clearly needs an impetus. This author opines that blending air power into the counter terror mechanism could provide the required fillip to our operations. Continue reading


Jawaharlal Nehru had an imagination which soared far above ground level. His many admirers saw him as the Global Peacemaker and Teacher, the benign and wise leader acknowledged as such by many in the world, as he was by the house-trained social science community in India, who forecast that he would point the world into a peaceful, if not prosperous, future. Foreign policy was designed by Nehru to subserve that lofty ambition, with the country having to look the other way even when its vital interests were challenged. So what if there were setbacks?

In time, those countries that flouted Nehruvian dictums would accept the error of their ways, repent and return to the path laid out for them by the Wise Teacher of all Humanity. While in the Nehruvian view Partition was a tragedy made unavoidable by the obstinacy of Jinnah and the machinations of Whitehall, all that was needed to ensure that those who pressed for that outcome (and succeeded) would reverse course was to ensure that in India, it was the Hindu community which was discriminated against. Continue reading


India has told China to pull back its troop and stop further construction activities in the Depsang-Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO) sector of eastern Ladakh during the Major General-level talks. During the talks, India also held extensive talks in taking forward the disengagement process along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) at a number of friction points including in Pangong Tso.

According to the TOI report, the heavy and permanent presence of the Chinese in Depsang can threaten India’s access routes to the logistical hub and airstrip at DBO and the Karakoram Pass in the north. Continue reading


When Chinese labourers working on the CPEC, the economic corridor linking the two countries, insulted and assaulted Pakistani soldiers on July 21, it was quietly hushed up. The Chinese labourers beat up two Pakistan Army soldiers–Havilder Asadullah and Sapper Fazal ur Rahman — who have strict orders not to retaliate. Li Yuyun, one of the Chinese labourers, hit the havildar on the head twice, while the other labourers–Li Yujun, Li Guoying and Bu Lei– attacked the sapper.

Even for the all-powerful Pakistan Army, the Chinese are special, they are above the law. The attack, not the first of its kind, was between the Chinese labourers working on Main Line 1 of the CPEC and the soldiers, who were supposed to protect them. Continue reading


With the aim of boosting local weapons production, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday morning declared an embargo on 101 defence items which, he said, will now be produced locally. In addition to putting these items on a ‘negative list’, Singh said that “contracts worth almost Rs 4 lakh crore will be placed upon the domestic industry within the next 6 to 7 years”.

“The Ministry of Defence is now ready for a big push to #AtmanirbharBharat initiative,” Singh tweeted at 10 in the morning. This initiative, he noted in subsequent tweets, will come as a “great opportunity to the Indian defence industry… by using their own design and development capabilities or adopting the technologies designed and developed by DRDO to meet requirements of the armed forces”. Continue reading


Hours after making the announcement to restrict the import of 101 defence items, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that big weapon systems will now be produced in the country. Also Read – From Sinper Rifle to Air Missiles, India Announces Import Ban on 101 Defence Items | Check Full List

“The Defence Ministry of the country is heading towards the dream of making ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ a success. Today, I announced import embargo on 101 defence items to boost indigenisation of defence production,” Rajnath Singh said. Also Read – ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’: MoD to Introduce Embargo on Import of 101 Items Beyond Stipulated Timeline. Continue reading


Days after a news portal named ‘Strat News Global’ drew parallels between Chinese Premier Xi Jinping and German Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, the Chinese Embassy to India had sought to intimidate the news Editor of the portal, Nitin A Gokhale.

On August 1, the Strat News Global published a video on Youtube wherein they pointed out the uncanny resemblance in the dealings and expansionist policies of both the leaders. The video highlighted how both Hitler and Xi rose to prominence with the promise of rejuvenating the ‘lost glory of their respective countries’, economic revivalism, the militarisation of foreign and illegally annexed territories, elimination of political opponents and critics, institutional control, press censorship, armed proliferation, expansionism, breach of treaties and so on. Continue reading


India has suggested to Pakistan that the talks for discussing pending issues under the Indus Water Treaty (IWT) be held through video-conferencing in view of the coronavirus pandemic, but Islamabad has been insisting that the parleys be conducted at the Attari check post, sources said on Sunday.

In a letter last week, the Indus Commissioner of India told his Pakistani counterpart that it is not conducive to hold the meeting at the Attari Joint Check Post due to the pandemic. On Pakistan’s request, a meeting was scheduled in last week of March to discuss pending issues under the Indus Water Treaty. However, it was deferred due to current pandemic. Continue reading


One terrorist was killed and two others were seriously injured as an infiltration bid along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir was foiled, the Army said on Sunday. The infiltration bid was scuttled in Krishna Ghati sector on Friday when the alert troops noticed a group of terrorists attempting to sneak into this side from across the LoC and immediately engaged them, Jammu-based PRO (defence) Lt Col Devender Anand said.

He said the gunfight resulted in on-the-spot killing of one terrorist and serious injuries to two others. “Subsequent search in the area showed that the dead body of the terrorist had been dragged away from the incident site. However, one AK 47 rifle, two AK 47 magazines and some eatables were recovered from the site,” the spokesman said. Continue reading


Indian Army gifted ten ICU ventilators to Nepali Army on Sunday amidst the COVID-19 crisis. The ventilators are designed for many applications including advanced invasive or non-invasive respiratory support.

They were handed over by Indian envoy to Nepal Vinay Mohan Kwatra to Sukirtimaya Rashtradeep General Purna Chandra Thapa, Chief of the Army Staff, Nepal Army. The Nepal Army Chief is honorary General of Indian Army. President Ram Nath Kovind conferred the “Honorary rank” to present Nepal Army chief in January 2019. Continue reading


Militants on Sunday shot at and injured a BJP worker in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said. A police official said militants fired upon Abdul Hamid Najar, a resident of Mohiendpora area of Budgam in central Kashmir this morning, leaving him injured.

He said Najar is a BJP worker. Najar was shifted to a hospital and further details on his condition were awaited, the official added. BJP Jammu and Kashmir spokesman Altaf Thakur strongly condemned the attack on Najar, terming it as barbaric and an inhuman act. He said that militants have been attacking unarmed people like Najar which is cowardice and that police must track the attackers forthwith and punish them. Continue reading